× Mike and the Moonpies finally over to tour Europe

Mike and the Moonpies finally over to tour Europe


It has been a long wait for Mike and the Moonpies to come over to Europe. Their 2020 tour got postponed into 2021 what got postponed into 2022 and here we are April 2023: we finally have the band over for their fourth, 1st, European tour. Four years and three records later. Their last one, ‘One To Grow On,’ the eighth studio album from Mike and the Moonpies, is a musical homecoming that returns the group to its roots as a workingman's country band. Layered with Telecaster twang, honky tonk harmonies and lyrics that highlight the Everyman's struggle to remain optimistic during a 9-to-5 world, this is organic music for dancehalls and car stereos — a soundtrack for the mid-week blues, shot through with weekend energy.
"I wanted to create a record you could crank loudly in your truck on Friday afternoon at quitting time," says frontman Mike Harmeier, who wrote ‘One To Grow On’ in his backyard studio on the outskirts of Austin. "To do that, I developed a narrative and a central character. It's a guy who's working hard to make ends meet, all while living in the moment and hoping to stay appreciative of the things he has. A guy who takes pride in what he does but is still searching for a balance in his life. There are a lot of similarities between him and me."

Mike Harmeier and his gang get better with each album. Co-produced with longtime collaborator Adam Odor and recorded at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberley, Texas, ‘One To Grow On’ kicks off with "Paycheck to Paycheck," an anthem for hardscrabble living. Driven forward by fiery fretwork, breakneck tempos, and vocal harmonies from Shiny Soul Sisters' Alice Spencer and Kelley Mickwee, the song serves as a primer for what's to come—the wild west atmospherics of "Whose Side Are You On," the greasy funky-tonk of "The Vein," and everything in between. Shooter Jennings makes a pair of appearances, playing synthesizer on songslike "Social Drinkers," while former Moonpie John Carbone returns to the fold to play keyboards throughout the album. Three members of fellow Texas-based outfit Quaker City Night Hawks join the band on "Burn Out," an autobiographical country-rocker that closes 'One To Grow On' by focusing not upon the character Harmeier has created, but upon the narrator himself.

After waiting for years the band finally makes it over to Europe this April:

01/04: Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
02/04: London, UK - Omeara - SOLD OUT
03/04: Nottingham, UK - Bodega
04/04: Manchester, UK - Retro Bar
05/04: Oxford, UK - The Bullingdon
07/04: Oud-Turnhout, BE - OC de Djoelen
08/04: Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn
09/04: Schijndel, NL - Paaspop
10/04: Groningen, NL - Der Aa-Theater
11/04: Norderstedt, DE - Music Star
12/04: Malmö, SWE - Folk å Rock
13/04: Göteborg, SWE - Pustervik
14/04: Oslo, NO - Kampen Bistro
15/04: Stockholm, SWE - Bryggarsalen
16/04: Hultsfred, SWE - Hotel Hulingen
18/04: Hannover, DE - Garage 
19/04: Krefeld, DE - Kulturrampe 
20/04: Hamburg DE - Nochtwache
21/04: Berlin, DE - Privatclub
22/04: Lauchhammer, DE - Real Music Club
24/04: Rheinfelden, CH - Kulturbrunnensaal